Defence

31 Squadron are back at RAF Marham, after completing five years in Afghanistan. Pictured is Air Marshal Baz North. Picture: Ian Burt

Photo gallery: Crucial RAF Marham backroom staff welcomed home from Afghanistan

The backroom staff who made sure the Tornado Force’s deployment to Afghanistan went smoothly have been welcomed home at RAF Marham.

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Raf Marham tornados fly home after the last tour in Afghanistan - Squadron leader Gareth Prendergast smiles and runs to his family. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: Hugs and happiness as RAF Marham Tornado crews return home from Afghanistan for Christmas

They were waiting by the runway as the jets came to a halt and their engines fell silent – the loved ones who had longed for this moment for so long.

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Squadron Leader Gareth Prendergast greets sons Felix, aged one, and Hector, three. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Photo gallery: RAF Marham Tornado jets return to Norfolk after final sorties over Afghanistan

They roared overhead through the mist, performing a circuit of the air base, before they touched down where their loved ones and friends were waiting to welcome them home.

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Aircrew From 31 Squadron make their final walk to their Tornado jets before leaving Afghanistan. Picture: Cpl Andrew Morris (RAF)

RAF Marham Tornados returning to Norfolk after flying final missions in Afghanistan

The MOD said the jets, from 31 Squadron, left Kandahar airfield early this morning.

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